28 October 2020

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Good Company

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 September 2020.
Black-capped Chickadee.

Within ten or fifteen minutes of hitting the trail this morning, I could tell last night brought fair migration winds. I say “fair” winds because of the good variety of species I spied early—Western Tanager, Western Wood-pewee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and a few other species-in-a-hurry that I couldn’t ID. Has me psyched about the days to come.

Western Wood-pewee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 September 2020.
Western Wood-pewee.

But the sweetest thing about my hike with dog this cool morning was the company of Black-capped Chickadees. What with the recent spate of western fires, a hurricane making landfall, and other dramatic climate events, it’d be easy to fall into a funk. But there they are, the chickadees, their optimistic-sounding voices as they check in with each other—voices so matter-of-fact and unworried that they attract other little silent species moving through the foliage.

One even flew within inches of my head today. I thought it might land on my hat, but it didn’t. Maybe someday.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 8:11 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Black-billed Magpie* (v)
2. House Finch*
3. Black-capped Chickadee**
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
7. Spotted Towhee
8. Northern Flicker**
9. Western Tanager
10. Downy Woodpecker
11. Sparrow (sp)
12. Western Wood-pewee
13. American Robin
14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
15. Lesser Goldfinch*
16. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
17. House Wren


18. California Quail


Red Squirrel (v)

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Friday, May 22nd, 2020
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 May 2020.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

A little nippy this morning. We had no human company on the trail, dog and I, until most of our hike was over. Plenty of wildlife, though.

Mountain Coyote, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 May 2020.
Mountain Coyote.

For one instance, I spied at least three cottontails hopping around in the grass. For another, I caught sight of a coyote up one grassy slope, eyeing us attentively. For a third, I stumbled onto two lifers, bird-wise. (One, the MacGillivray’s Warbler, had been driving me nuts for two days prior—never got a glimpse of the bird and couldn’t match its song. Today I got a swift peek.)

The weather was mixed but pleasant. The trail seemed friendly, the surroundings turning lush. Tonight will come some rain—so tomorrow might be lusher.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:45 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. Black-billed Magpie*
3. American Robin* (v)
4. Black-headed Grosbeak (v)
5. Black-chinned Hummingbird
6. Lazuli Bunting
7. Song Sparrow** (v)
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10. Pine Siskin (v)
11. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
12. Empidonax (sp?)
13. Chipping Sparrow (v)
14. Orange-crowned Warbler (v)
15. MacGillivray’s Warbler†‡
16. Warbling Vireo
17. Lesser Goldfinch**
18. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
19. Western Tanager
20. Mourning Dove (v)
21. Cliff Swallow†
22. Western Wood-pewee†‡
23. Sharp-shinned Hawk


24. European Starling
25. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)


Mountain Cottontail
Mountain Coyote

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year bird

Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson

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